FREMONT, Calif. — PetersenDean has announced its partnerships with Suniva and DPW Solar as part of its Solar4America campaign — the company’snewest initiative to make solar affordable for everyone.

As part of the commitment to build better buildings from an environmental and economic standpoint, the company is reinvesting in America with American-made products by Suniva and DPW Solar in this American manufacturing partnership. All three companies are based in America and are collaborating to ensure energy-saving across the nation.

The partnership announcement was made at the Solar Power International Conference in Chicago from Oct. 21-24.

“We made a decision at PetersenDean to only source our products from North America. It's costing us a little more money to buy these panels, but we are supporting the American economy, we are supporting the American worker, and we're reinvesting those dollars back in America,” Founder Jim Petersen said. “It's that simple. I want to make sure that our products stand the test of time and that our customers are happy with it. And that's why we choose to go American. It is time to take matters into our own hands. And that's what Solar4America is all about. It is about lowering our electric bills. It is about creating our own energy policy. It is about American jobs, American panels, reinvesting in America.” 

Suniva is an American manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and high-power solar modules. The company is known for its industry-leading technology, reliability and high-power density. Headquartered in metro-Atlanta, Suniva sells PV cells and modules globally.

“Suniva is delighted to partner with PetersenDean and DPW on this new energy-saving campaign. Our high-powered, Buy America-compliant modules will help fulfill their goal of reinvesting in American-made products,” said Matt Card, vice president of global sales and marketing at Suniva.

New cost-benefits data shows that now is the right time to consider installing solar for both the residential and commercial sectors. According to officials from PetersenDean, with photovoltaic (PV) panel manufacturers continuing to ramp up production all across the nation, the economies of scale have begun to drive down prices of solar power system installation. Recent reports show that solar panel prices have dropped from $10 per watt to $1.50 per watt in the span of five years, meaning it now makes sense for those in the commercial and residential real estate sectors to buy solar power systems instead of leasing them. The savings are significant, as purchasing a solar power system now pencils out to 30 percent less than leasing it over the long term.

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